is experiencing extreme space weather this week after a massive sunspot, which is not visible from Earth, ejected an enormous plasma burst toward the scorching-hot planet.
NASA's STEREO-A sun-watching spacecraft spotted a coronal mass ejection (CME), a cloud of charged particles erupting from the upper layer of the sun's atmosphere, emerge from behind the sun on Monday
The CME is the second to strike Venus in a week another erupted from the sun on Wednesday (Aug. 30) and arrived three days later, just as the European Solar Orbiter spacecraft passed by.
According to Georgo Ho, a solar physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the latest eruption was "not your run-of-the-mill event."
I can safely say that the September 5th event is one of the largest (if not THE largest) Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) storms that we have seen so far since the launch of Solar Orbiter in 2020
The team in charge of the spacecraft's magnetometer instrument, on the other hand, tweeted that the CME "appears to have largely missed" Solar Orbiter.
There were... a very large number of energetic particles from this event, and [the magnetometer] experienced 19'single event upsets' in its memory yesterday," the magnetometer team tweeted.